[mythtv-users] DirecTV and HD
travis at tabbal.net
Mon Apr 20 15:13:13 UTC 2009
I think your only option with DTV HD capture will be the HD-PVR. It does the
encoding, so your backend machine should be fine if it can handle the disk
I/O. The bottleneck will be the drive/drives and it generally doesn't take
The streams from the HD-PVR are a PITA to decode with CPU alone. Dual core
3Ghz has been recommended as the minimum starting point. As the codec
doesn't use multitheading, you get stuck using 1 core for most of the work.
The other option is VDPAU, which seems to be working quite stable for many.
VDPAU requires a recent NVidia card, 8xxx series minimum. The onboard video
chips work fine. I think people have posted sample streams from the HD-PVR
so you could test your frontends with those.
Note that the HD-PVR requires you to run trunk. The drivers are not in .21.
Though someone may have backported it like VDPAU.
On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 8:50 AM, Tim Litwiller <timlitw at gmail.com> wrote:
> This fall I'd like to upgrade my DirecTV to HD. What are my options going
> to be for recording from 2 or 3 stb? I think all but one of my front ends is
> already capable - but the main one is ubuntu on an appletv so that one will
> most likely have to be replaced.
> My backend is a 3ghz P4HT I supposed it will depend on the type of capture
> devices required if that will be fast enough.
> I'm looking for information from anyone that has done this or has already
> researched this type of conversion.
> I've search the archives and only found a few scattered tidbits of
> information - so I got thinking I better start gathering information now
> rather than later.
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> mythtv-users at mythtv.org
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